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Tourism Properties Under Private Management

Hellenic Tourism Properties is about to turn its management over to the private sector.

Full Speed Ahead For New Tourism Products

A theme park inspired by ancient Greek mythology opens in the Anavyssos area, south of Athens, in 2004 and by when all phases are fully completed, in 2006, the park is expected to attract up to 1.2 million visitors per year.

Travel Trade Calls Emergency Session To Confront Commission Cuts

Greece's travel trade associations got together last month ans called emergency general assembly of all travel associations to consider stop selling domestic airline tickets after local carriers cut agency commission down to 6.94% from 9%.

WTO Chief Foresees Positive Tourism Growth

The global tourism industry is projected to grow by 1 to 1.5 percent this year, down from an original forecast of 3 percent, due principally to the global crisis brought on by the attacks on the USA on September 11, said Francesco Frangialli, secretary-general of the World...

World Tourism Bodies Announce Joint Statement On Industry

Leading travel and tourism industry associations from around the world have collaborated on a joint statement asking governments to work together in partnership to address concerns facing the global travel and tourism industry.

Tourism Sector Calls For Abolition Of Airport Tax As Air Fares Rise

High insurance fees and low revenue have forced Greek airlines to increase fares. At the same time, they want major decreases in airport fees and taxes. And so far, they have managed to get all of the tourism-related associations in the private sector behind them in a strong...

State Casinos Up For Sale Post Increased Profits

The state-owned casinos at Parnitha and on Corfu are expected to enrich state coffers by some 15 billion drachmas this year, Hellenic Tourist Properties said last month. The optimistic projection came after the casinos released eight-month results showing growth in both customers...

Coastal Fare Hikes Up To 20%

Coastal shipping companies are expected to ask Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis to consent to fare hikes of up to 20 percent. They also called on him to extend the increased summer-season fare schedule into the winter. Ferry operators say higher insurance premiums are...

New Tourism Crisis Committee Action Package

Government action to help tourism out of its present predicament was promised early last month by Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis. He announced the formation of an "Tourism Crisis Management Committee," headed by the ministry's tourism officials.

American Travel Agents Want Secret Service For Air Travel Security

In response to the recent U.S. national disaster and the nation's clear need for enhanced airline security measures, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has sent a letter to its congress outlining its suggestions for keeping America's skies safe.

Helipads For Greek Island Destinations

The construction of four new helipads, three in the Aegean and one on an Ionian island, were announced last month by the government – Ithaca, Dodecanese, Patmos, Tinos, Lesvos. All four projected helipads will be able to operate day and night for helicopters of up to 15 meters –...

Strong Response For Olympic Games Attica Promotion

Twelve companies have applied to participate in the Hellenic Tourism Organization's competition for the promotion of Attica in view of the 2004 Olympic Games. The organization said it was pleased with the strong response.

SETE Organizes Crisis Management In Tourism Seminars

Tourist enterprises are quite vulnerable to almost any crisis. A series of unfortunate incidents in the past, not to mention last month’s terrorist attack on New York, confirm this fact and mark the need of more efficient management and planning of each enterprise’s...

Modernization Works For Thessaloniki’s Macedonia Airport

Plans for new installations at Thessaloniki's Macedonia airport, budgeted at 100 billion drachmas, are expected to be ready for tender by next year, the Public Works Ministry announced last month. Also planned is the installation of the ILS-II landing system that has been...

Travel Company Mergers On Hold

Some six months ago the biggest news circulating within the local travel trade included the merger talks between Amphitrion and the Lambrakis group's Travel Plan, and the purchase of Manos Travel System by the Vassilakis group (Hertz). Neither deal reached fruition, nor did any...

Tourism Organization Offers Greek Cuisine Emblem For Restaurants

The Hellenic Tourism Organization now offers a special Greek cuisine emblem to any eating establishment that adheres to some very strict health, hygiene and quality standards. During a special event held to launch the emblem, the minister explained that today's tourist wants not...

Attica Beach Properties Ready For Modern Development Projects

Most of the organized beach properties in the Athens region are soon to be leased to the private sector for development and management. So far, 10-year lease agreements have been signed for the beach properties at Alimos and Vouliagmenis between Hellenic Tourism Properties and a...

Greek Marinas Go Private

Three of the Greek capital’s most popular marinas are about to go private.  Last month, just two days after it handed over the operation and upgrading of five state-owned beaches in the Attica basin to the private sector, Hellenic Tourism Properties (ETA), announced plans...

60 Business Groups Bid for Parnitha Casino

Owners of the profitable Parnitha Casino, Hellenic Tourism Properties, have called for bids of interest from international investors interested in taking over the management of the casino on Mount Parnes. So far, some 60 company groups have expressed initial interest.

Afantou Golf Expansion Planned

Between 30 billion and 40 billion drachmas worth of expansion projects are planned for the Afantou area on the island of Rodos. Proposed projects include a 3-lane golf course, a hotel and auxiliary lodgings, commercial units, and a hotel marina.